The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, approval has been given to 54 cities for developing as Solar Cities.
The criteria set by the Ministry for the identification of cities include a city population between 50,000 to 50 lakh (with relaxation given to special category States including North-East States), initiatives and regulatory measures already taken along with a high level of commitment in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.
So far, an amount of Rs.19.23 crore has been sanctioned for preparation of Master Plans, Solar City Cells and Promotional Activities for 41 cities, out of which Rs. 4.22 crore has been released. Further, an amount of Rs.11.98 crore has been sanctioned for execution of renewable energy projects in 5 cities, out of which Rs.3.87 crore has been released for utilization by the concerned State Nodal Agencies/ Municipal Corporations.
So far, the Master Plans for 8 cities namely Agra, Moradabad from Uttar Pradesh, Thane & Kalyan-Dombivli from Maharashtra, Indore from Madhya Pradesh, Kohima from Nagaland, Aizawl from Mizoramand Chandigarh have been finalized and the development of projects is in progress.